The garden is growing. Peas are starting to creep up the trellis, fava beans are almost 8 inches high. We are picking lettuce and spinach to eat now which is such a treat. We are also pulling up some of the walking onions to eat. They are so pretty this time of year – and also delicious. The regular onions (Parma) are growing quickly too. I planted potatoes two weeks ago tomorrow. We got a good bit of rain since then and some warm weather. I dug up one of the potatoes yesterday to see how they were growing and was disappointed to see the little buds only about a 1/2 inch long. So, they are growing slowly right now and I have to keep up with those very fast growing weeds until they do pop out of the ground. By the way, I planted my potatoes with a little compost and organic fertilizer. Anybody have any good potato growing tips? And, yes that is a basketball in the garden. The garden is downhill from the house and basketball goal, so this is where balls end up sometimes.
The trees are growing leaves! This is my favorite part of spring. Dogwoods are in full bloom and the trees on the mountain have a more subdued color autumnal cast. Almost the reverse of fall, as a dull rust gives way to light greenish yellow then to spring green then to dark green – day by day marching up the mountain. We have some black gum trees around the house, and this under-appreciated tree is one of my favorites. In the spring, it puts out its tiny leaves, pointing them strait to the sky in little clumps so that they look like tiny green stars. Unlike most trees, black gum branches set out from the trunk at 90 degree angles (for the most part), so those tiny stars are perfectly placed to look like celestial bodies held out over the earth. This week, the black gum leaves have grown a bit more and little flowers are being set.
And, the children are growing. Anne is determined to ride horses as often as possible, loves playing soccer, and her excitable spirit is sometimes challenging. Like the other Anne (of Green Gables) she has high highs and low lows, but she recovers quickly. Her joys and sorrows and angers run hot and fast. Evva, due to a small scare last week, seems a little more precious right now. She is reveling in the spring flowers and growth, and is outside as much as she can be – making fairy houses, decorations, and soil/flower mandalas. Hythe, like a stereotypical boy, wants to go fishing, dig for worms in the compost, and sled down piles of manure at the farm (he and his cousin call it “poop sledding”). In other words, he likes getting as dirty and smelly as possible. Steven wants to do anything his brother is doing, but also wants to go anywhere anyone else is going; “I go too” he is always saying as he runs for the door. He is talking so much now and says cute things like “Sit a me, mom” (sit with me, mom) or “I go fishing now”. He also says, “go way, mom, go way!” when he is thinking of doing something that might get him in trouble. Spying a bag of chocolate chips on the counter, he glances at me, back at the chips, then looks at me and says “go way, mom!” He is still making big messes in and out of the house while becoming more capable! Yesterday he dumped William’s tackle box upside down and took all the tube worms out of their bags. I came home last night to find he had dumped three entire jars of spices into a pan on the stove (garlic powder, dill weed, and cream of tarter – yuck!). That meant he opened the spice drawer, picked out the jars, took them over to the stove, climbed on the stool, unscrewed the caps, and dumped them out. Quite capable. He got so tired the other day, that he fell asleep sitting up while we were watching a video of Dado talking about WWII. It was pretty funny and cute. While they all have their challenging moments, they are fun, loving children, and it is a joy to see them grow.